The Role of Peer Groups in Male and Female Adolescents' Task Values and Physical Activity

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Yli-piipari, Sami, Jaakkola, Timo, Liukkonen, Jarmo, Kiuru, Noona and Watt, Anthony P (2011) The Role of Peer Groups in Male and Female Adolescents' Task Values and Physical Activity. Psychological Reports, 108 (1). pp. 75-93. ISSN 0033-2941


The purpose of this longitudinal study was to examine the role of peer groups and sex in adolescents' task values and physical activity. The participants were 330 Finnish Grade 6 students (173 girls, 157 boys), who responded to questionnaires that assessed physical education task values during the spring semester (Time 1). Students' physical activity was assessed one year later (Time 2). The results indicated that adolescent peer groups were moderately homogeneous in terms of task values toward physical education and physical activity. Girls' peer groups were more homogeneous than those of boys in regards to utility and attainment values. Furthermore, the results for both girls and boys showed that particularly intrinsic task value typical for the peer group predicted group members' physical activity. The findings highlight the important role of peer group membership as a determinant of future physical activity.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.2466/
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Keywords ResPubID24374, peer groups, adolescents, physical activity, adolescent psychology
Citations in Scopus 14 - View on Scopus
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